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Jan 5, 2020 - Coquimbo and La Serena, Chile

Dear All, Unfortunately, we left behind the adapter cable that links Doug's camera to my computer. So there won't be any pictures until we get home or unless we can find an adapter in Lima or some other big city that has computer stores. Also the WiFi on this fancy dancey boat (as Doug calls it) is flakey so we can't send or receive efficiently. Of course that may be because we are at sea today and tomorrow. Anyway we'll do our best to keep you informed of where we are and what we are doing! First, our plane landed in Santiago but we didn't...

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Feb 18, 2018 - Coquimbo Chile

Today we docked at Coquimbo, Chile and it’s just the kind of place we LOVE to walk around in. Although it was Sunday, this didn’t seem to bother either the sellers or buyers. Street Markets selling just about everything except appliances were on almost every street, Fish Markets dotted the coast and major department stores were a stone’s throw from the dock. Julieann decided to take a walk UP the hill – right. I concentrated on the Wi-Fi in the Port Terminal. Houses are built almost straight up from the street on very steep hills. At some...

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Dec 20, 2016 - Coquimbo, Chile

This port town was very interesting. We walked 20,000+ steps around all kinds of interesting areas. It started with a walk through the local fish market. The town is a big fish exporter and the locals eat fresh fish purchased right from the markets each day. Stall after stall of fish being prepared for purchase -- none of it stored on ice and lots of cubed little cups of raw fish with onions and tomatoes that stayed for sell at 6 hours that we saw it there (as we came and went through the market to get other places). Again, nothing on ice...

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Jan 23, 2014 - Sea days and Coquimbo, Chile

Monday/Tuesday 20/21 January Days 20/21 - Sea Days on the way to Coquimbo, Chile We had a later start and we've both put on weight - not a lot but it's back to protein and veggies for a couple of days! I still had a fair amount of discomfort in my shoulder and neck which wasn't surprising but a swim and hot tub sorted that out. John is still walking around the deck several times and doing his Pilates. Again we got into the routine of shipboard life. I sing in the mornings with the choir and although it's not that great, the Musical Director...

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Jan 22, 2013 - Piscoleros unite!

Interesting day today. We became Piscoleros! The highlight of our day was a trip to the Elqui Valley and a Pisco distillery. Pisco is the national drink of Chile – but don’t tell that to the Peruvians, they think they own Pisco. Pisco is the distilled spirit of Pisco wine. Let’s see, wine typically has about 12%-15% alcohol. Table wine is really just grape juice that has been injected with yeasts and allowed to ferment. The fermentation process converts the sugar in the grape juice to alcohol and, voila, you have wine. In the case of the...

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Dec 21, 2012 - Coquimbo, La Serena, Elqui Valley

Very few passengers have a full nights sleep due to the rough seas. Some waves hit the ship so hard it would wake you up. This is the last day for some of our fellow passengers who will disembark in Valpariso tomorrow. Continuation cards have been issued to those staying on, and we have progressed from Gold to Platinum membership which is 5 or more cruises or more than 50 days at sea on vessels of the Princess Line. I think it means you are targeted more often for drinks, photographs and stuff. We travelled by bus to La Serena then up the...

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Jan 28, 2010 - Coquimbo, Chile

Our port today is Coquimbo one of Chile’s best natural harbors. Our excursion today is to see Petroglyphs from the “El Molle Culture” from 2,000 B.C. to A.D. 600. One of the most interesting rocks has several holes ground into it to form the outline of a scorpion. If I got the story right, they would fill the holes with water and then on the winter solstices one of the stars from scorpio would reflect in each of the holes. We spent our time climbing rocks, crossing streams and seeing…you guessed it…yet another petroglyph. Next we went for a...

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Jan 19, 2008 - Coquimbo, Chile

1/19 - 1/20 After another day at sea we arrived at the commercial port city of Coquimbo, Chile. The European-flavored city is squished between the water and a hill. All the commercial buildings are located near the water and most of the residences are stacked up on the hill with a a great number of stairways leading up the homes. We had a great walk around town checking out the large supermarket, meat stores, bakeries and the many fish stores.

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